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2016 Trainee Program to launch Nov. 2

MSFHR's 2016 Trainee Program competition for post-doctoral fellowship awards is less than two weeks away.

On Monday, November 2, full competition instructions will be posted on our website and MSFHR ApplyNet will open to receive applications. Letters of intent are due December 4, and full applications must be submitted by February 9, 2016.

Trainee awards are a core element of MSFHR's investment in building and sustaining BC's health research excellence under our strategic goal #1 ("People"). These awards provide up to three years of salary support to help outstanding up-and-coming investigators develop their research careers.

MSFHR's 2016 Scholar Program is also underway. Starting with this year's competitions, MSFHR is pleased to offer both Scholar and Trainee programs on an annual basis as part of an expanded suite of programs that will broaden and enhance our support for health research and its application in British Columbia.

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Mary Jung (2014 Scholar) has been named one of Kelowna's Top 40 Under 40. Jung is being recognized for her research on how healthy eating and exercise can help those with pre-diabetes avoid developing Type 2 diabetes.

Timothy Kieffer (2003 & 2006 Scholar) is the recipient of the 2015 Till & McCulloch Award in recognition of his contributions to global stem cell research. Kieffer and his team have developed a protocol that converts human stem cells into glucose-responsive, insulin-secreting cells capable of reversing diabetes in mice. This breakthrough work was published in Nature.

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Stuart Turvey (2011 Scholar) is co-leader of a research team that found infants can be protected from asthma if they acquire four types of gut bacteria before three months of age. The researchers are based at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital, and UBC.
 

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